Story Competition

Are you the next Stephen King, George R.R.Martin or James S.A.Corey? Imagine your story, pick up a pen and write a story that blows us away..

The theme of this year 'Royal' is as broad as you want: from a horror story about a rat king (quite different from what you might think!) To a science fiction thriller about a new 'royal' technology and a fanfiction story about the Emperor from Star Wars, to a fantasy story about the crown princess of the minotaurs ... Or something completely different! We are already curious.


  • Submit your story between January 5th 2018 and February 5 th 2018.
  • An expert jury will select the ten best stories by February 28th.
  • The public can vote for their shortlist favorite March 10-15.
  • Ten shortlisted authors win free entrance to Dutch Comic Con.
  • Plus 5 copies of the short story book, to be made on the Espresso Book Machine at The American Book Center (ABC). This book will probably be a mixture of stories written in Dutch and English.
  • The winner will be announced at Dutch Comic Con April 1st, 2018.
  • The winner of the jury + public prize wins – on top of the free entrance and 5 copies of the Fantastic Short Story Competition book – a € 75,- book certificate from ABC and a ticket for the prom of Het Fantastisch Boek. 


  • Maximum 1000 words per story.
  • Written in either English or Dutch.
  • Typography: Arial, regular font. Size: 9.5
  • The story must fall under fantastic genre descriptions (horror, science fiction, fantasy and related).
  • No editing is offered before publication.
  • Submit your story in Word or PDF.
  • Limited to one entry per participant.
  • Employees of ABC and sponsoring organizations are excluded.


Upload your file at Give your document the following title: language of your story - title of your story - followed by your name (e.g. EN - Royal Blood – Timo Hoondert)



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